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Gilchrist County journal
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Serving Gilchrist County and Surrounding Area for over 87 Years 207 North Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693 Vol. 87 No. 39 Phone (352) 463-7135 Fax (352) 463-7393 Thursday, February 22, 2018 Price 50 $25.00 Digital Only, $25.00 Gilchrist County $30.00 Tri-County Area, $40.00 Out of Area February 22, 2018 THE GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL WAS PLACED IN THE MAIL TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. IF IT ARRIVES LATE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR POSTMASTER. Continued on page 8 Bulldogs take District Title, beating the Dixie Bears 61-39 The Bulldogs are pictured with the championship trophy after defeating Dixie County 61-39 Satur day night. Front row, left to right: Assistant Coach Charles Townsend Joey Pinna, Tyler Trantham, Ian Townsend, Tony Yoder, Austin Bagby, Mitchell Moore, Josh Mendoza, Nick Walls and Alex Chason. Back row, left to right: Assistant Coach Brian Shea, Jackson Gray, Jason DeMartino, Sammy Loveday, Terek Liles, Reese Rankin, Wyatt Duthu, Logan Laneau, Head Coach Chuck Mehl and Assistant Coach Mark Lundy. Photo by Matthew Harrell. Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Bell See complete story on page 8 Construction is underway that will double the size of the facility at Palms Medical Group in Bell. This facility has been serving the medical needs of the citizens of Gilchrist County since 2002. Facility at Palms Medical Group in Bell to double in size By Cindy Jo Ayers Robert Rankin, Superintendent of Gilchrist County Schools made a public announcement on Thursday evening Feb. 15, that all the schools in Gilchrist County would be closed on Friday, Feb. 16, due to a bomb threat. Superintendent Rankin stated on Thursday, Around 8 p.m. this evening, we received an email threat to the Gilchrist County District. With how legitimate this threat is. The school district worked with Sheriff Bobby Schultz and other law enforcement agencies to determine the validity of the threat but due to the recent incident in Broward Coun ty, they decided to be cautious and close the schools on Friday, Febru ary 16. Superintendent Rankin went on to say, The schools were closed in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff. During the day on Friday, GCSO deputies were stationed at each coun ty school. Sheriff Schultz reported Construction is underway at the Palms Medical Group in Bell. The expansion will more than double the size of the existing facility. Palms Medical Group was award ed a grant from Health and Human Services for the expansion of the fa cilities. Palms was one of 290 health centers to receive this funding. Anita Riels, Chief Executive Of Palms Medical Group is committed to bring quality, affordable care in the communities we service. Palms believes through this funding, the expansion in Bell will allow more ef our patients in the community have a good experience while at their facil ity. The expanded facility will have a new childrens play area, new confer ence room with seating for 25, and a new centralized nursing station. The front desk and reception area will be enlarged, as well as the lobby which will have seating for 45. The lab and kitchen will also be enlarged. Once the work is completed later this year, the expansion will include station and 7 bathrooms. Dr. Bruce Thomas who has been at the Bell facility since 2002 said, We thank the community for the continued support and look forward to what this new expansion will al low us to do in the health and well ness of our community. By Cindy Jo Ayers Schools closed Friday, Feb. 16, because of bomb threat that there was no suspicious activity at the schools during the day on Fri day. Superintendent Rankin and Sheriff Schultz allowed all the school activi ties to resume on Saturday, February 17. Sheriff Schultz later said that the day, February 16. Currently the threat is being inves tigated by the FBI, FDLE, and other law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Schultz stated on Monday that he is working with the Florida Sheriffs Association to help the ru ral counties with additional training in the school related threats. Gilchrist County Deputies will be receiving additional training so they, along with the school administrations, can be as ready as possible for any sce nario. Sheriff Schultz said that he and Superintendent Rankin hope to be as ready as possible and pray that they will never have to use the training. Unfortunately this is the society that we live in today and we need to be prepared. said Sheriff Schultz. He encourages anyone who hears something that sounds suspicious or potentially criminal in nature, to con tact the Gilchrist County Sheriffs of Students in Gilchrist County re turned to school on Wednesday, Feb ruary 21, after having Monday off for Presidents Day and Tuesday off for teachers work day. Currently the schools in the county have drills that are practiced several times a year. Students are trained on how to respond in case of an actual incident at their school. Parents are urged to support the drill efforts at their childs school. When students went back to school on Wednesday, the GCSO Deputies were at each of the county schools. The deputies will have a presence at the schools for an undetermined amount of time. Prayer event held for County Schools Bernadette Brown organized a Chain of Prayer for the county schools on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18. Brown was inspired to organize the event after the recent bomb threat to Gilchrist County Schools. A large group of students, parents, and concerned citizens all gathered at the Trenton Depot to pray for local students and schools. Several local pastors lead the prayers including Pastor Frank James, while students stood in a cir cle holding hands. The students were surrounded by the adults attending the Chain of Prayer. During the gathering, Bernadette Brown lead the event with Bobby Crosby reading scripture and Minister Danny Allen praying. Sheriff Bobby Schultz also spoke to the crowd, as suring them the County Deputies would be at all schools when the schools reopened on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Brown said, I would like to thank the students, parents and school board members and the citizens of Gilchrist County who were in attendance. She went on to thank all those who spoke and prayed at the event also. Chain of Prayer organizer Bernadette Brown shown on front row on left, Pastor Frank James, School Board Members Ginger Geiger and Michelle Crawford, and Sheriff Bobby Schultz. Standing in the back row, from left, were County Administrator Bobby Crosby, School Board Member Christie McElroy, Minister Danny Allen, and County Judge Sheree Lancaster. School Board Hopeful for Special Facilities Funds Soccer Added as School Sport for Grades 6-12 By Janet Bradley At the Gilchrist County School Board Meeting on February 13, Board Member Michelle Crawford shared on February 7, she and Board Chairman Deen Lancaster spent the day in Tallahassee to follow the sta tus of the special facilities project for Trenton High School. Crawford stated they met with Representative Chuck Clemons and discussed tech nical schools, state testing, and the special facilities project for Gilchrist County. The highlight of their visit was meeting with staff from Senator Crawford received words of encour agement from Bradleys staff regard ing special facilities funds for Tren ton High School. They were assured that the Gilchrist Project is at the top of Bradleys list for this legislative session. Crawford stated, We trav eled to Tallahassee to keep our need for this project at the forefront of our representatives and senators. Last year we were bumped from our rank ing for the funds, and we dont want that to happen again. Indication has been made that if funded, Gilchrist would receive up with the remaining funds given over the two following years. The total over three years would be sixteen million. The District hopes they will and eight million the following year receiving all their funds over a twoyear period rather than three years. The Board also recognized Em ployees of the Year and Teachers of the Year. The Employees of the Year recognized were Donna Watson (TES), KayLee Beauchamp (THS), Tammy White (BES), Pam Powell By Cindy Jo Ayers Longtime Trenton High School Coach John Vickers will be honored on Friday night, February 23, starting at 6:45 at the Trenton High School Vickers started coaching softball in Trenton before they had a girls soft Julee Joyner Brideson, who played softball for Coach Vickers on Tren and with the agreement of the school leadership of Coach Vickers. With donations from local businesses, the parents and lots of bake sales, the up at the beginning and end of prac rocks from the donated clay. Bride son went on to say Coach Vickers lead a group of girls and parents in Softball Field to be dedicated to Coach John Vickers Friday Continued on page 8 9th Annual Gilchrist County Sheriffs Chili Cookoff Susie Caulk won Overall Best Chili with her Gator Chili. Not pic tured, Kristin Hite, Most Unique Chili winner. By Chris Rogers The Gilchrist County Sheriffs Of day, Feb. 16 at the Gilchrist County Womans Club. This year was Star Wars themed, The Chili Strikes Back. The three judges, Michelle Crawford, Trip Lancaster, and Robert Willis, were hoping the chili didnt strike back too bad, as they got the honor of taste-testing all 23 chili en tries. Susie Caulk won the Overall Best Chili with her famous Gator Continued on page 8


Page Two THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Tide Tables For The Week of 2/22 to 2/28 for the mouth of the Suwannee River Th Low 12:23 AM 0.1 High 6:21 AM 2.3 22 Low 12:08 PM 0.9 High 5:58 PM 3.0 F Low 1:31 AM 0.1 High 7:49 AM 2.0 23 Low 1:07 PM 1.2 High 6:58 PM 2.9 Sa Low 2:56 AM 0.0 High 9:35 AM 2.0 24 Low 2:32 PM 1.5 High 8:17 PM 2.9 Su Low 4:23 AM -0.2 High 11:10 AM 2.2 25 Low 4:07 PM 1.5 High 9:41 PM 3.0 M Low 5:35 AM -0.5 High 12:13 PM 2.4 26 Low 5:25 PM 1.3 High 10:55 PM 3.2 Tu Low 6:31 AM -0.8 High 12:57 PM 2.6 27 Low 6:25 PM 1.0 High 11:58 PM 3.3 W Low 7:19 AM -0.9 High 1:34 PM 2.8 28 Low 7:16 PM 0.7 Gilchrist County Journal USPS-218-620 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY IN GILCHRIST COUNTY, 207 N. MAIN TRENTON, FLORIDA Less than 75% advertising We reserve the right to shorten articles, letters, etc. and delete any part or leave out in its entirety if we judge such to be offensive. SUBSCRIPTION RATES $25.00 A Year In Gilchrist County $30.00 Levy and Dixie Counties $40 Out of the Area Chris Rogers, Cindy Jo Ayers, Carrie Mizell, Beverly Langford, Cindy Sheffield, Anita Bryant, and Matthew Harrell ASSISTANTS Entered as Periodicals at the Post Office at Trenton, Florida, under the act of March 3, 1879. POSTMASTER Please Send Address Change To: Gilchrist County Journal, 207 N. Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693 JOHN MIN AYERS II EDITOR/PUBLISHER Area Events March 3 Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival in Ocala March 3-4 Azalea Days, Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka March 3-4 Floral City Strawberry Festival March 8 Suwannee River Fair starts March 17 Quilt Festival in downtown Trenton March 24-25 Cedar Key Arts Festival April 21 Madison Down Home Days April 28 High Springs Pioneer Days 2018 Candidates for local oce School Board-District 1 Christie Lynn McElroy (NP) School Board-District 3 F. Michelle Walker-Crawford (NP) School Board-District 5 D. Deen Lancaster (NP) County Commissioner-District 2 Robert B. Clemons (R) Richard Fuller (R) William Bill Martin (R) John Yencho (R) County Commissioner-District 4 Marion Poitevint (R) County Court Judge Sheree H. Lancaster (NP) Soil and Water Conservation District 2 No candidates at this time Soil and Water Conservation District 4 No candidates at this time Trenton Office 308 N. Main Street 463-7381 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Andrew Nguyen, M.D. Newberry Office 25365 West Newberry Road 472-2275 Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Andrew Nguyen, M.D. Linh Nguyen Office Manager Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Options, Av-Med, Humana, Prestige, Wellcare Approved Weight-Loss Counseling Available APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED Dear Journal Subscriber, As an added convenience to you, the renewal date for your subscription has been printed alongside your address. You may renew your paper at any time during the year. Checks can be mailed to 207 North Main Street, Trenton, FL 32693. If your paper is past due, you will receive a postcard bill in your mail. We just wanted to bring this to your attention to save on postage costs and to eliminate any chance of a subscription becoming delinquent. Thank you for your business. Hunt's Pest Control, Inc. GET RID OF: Cockroaches Waterbugs German Roaches Ants and other Household Pests WE DO TERMITE INSPECTIONS Phone 493-1051 493-4772 "We send 'em packing!" Happy Birthday wishes to Randy Loy, J Ayers and Brent Joyner on February 15th; Darren Mikell, Daniel Perrryman, Stephanie Archer, Adam Langford, Larry Rogers and Tyler Beckham on February 16th; Leona Harris, Pete Belanger, Ronnie Smith and Curtis Phillips on February 17th; Lyle Horne, Sr. on February 18th; Elizabeth Douglas, Jessica Davis and Jean Troke on February 19th; Beulah Davis, Jerry Perryman, Tiffany Ozment Wood, Mike Pruitt, Jessica Sandy and Cadence Genice Thigpen on February 20th; Chesley Phoebus, Tonya Light, Betty Horne, Wade Wilkerson and Dottie Thornton on February 21st; John Langford, Sr., Brandi Coleman, Seth Hastings, Maggie Edwards, Ronnie Koltz, Jr., Leslie A. Coyer and Zach Owens on February 22nd; Donnie Crise, Dewayne Bevins and Mark Weaver on February 23rd; Shirley Stalvey, Nikki Shearin and Curtis Summers on February 24th; Wayne Langford, Andrew Breton, Rich Watson and Todd Smith on February 25th; Brenda Crumpton, Eugene Inglitt, Jimmie Downing, Adam Cook and Justin Watson on February 26th; Alyson Julian, Kayla Gent, Diana Manders and Caleb Harris on February 27th and Caleb Rhoden on February 28th. Happy Anniversary wishes Mr. and Mrs. Tim Langford on February 16th; Mr. and Mrs. Carlie Weaver and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bennett on February 17th; Mr. and Mrs. Maxie Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Studstill on February 18th; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bone on February 22nd; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Burnett on February 23rd; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Inglitt and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crosby on February 24th; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Thigpen, Jr. on February 25th; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wiggins on February 26th and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Frye on February 28th. Socials By: Danette Hyde Each month at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center a day is selected for the staff to dress in his or her purple shirt. The color purple is worn to represent Alzheimers awareness. Did you know that Alzheimers disease is the most common form of dementia? Dementia is a public health priority, as there is a new case diagnosed every 3 seconds. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Currently, there is no prevention or cure for Alzheimers disease; but that doesnt mean a cure cannot be found. Rising numbers in life expectancy Ayers Angels team members Danette Hyde, Melissa Grant, and Delight Burke are trying to bring awareness to Alzheimers. are contributing to rapid increases in numbers and by 2050 an estimated 131.5 million worldwide will be living with dementia. In order to raise money, Ayers has purchased a quantity of purple shirts and continues to sell them for $10.00. 100% of the funds raised from shirt sales are donated directly to our local chapter of the Alzheimers Association. If you would like to purchase a shirt to help Alzheimers Ayers and we would be happy to sell you one. Remember the money goes to a good cause. Funds are raised as a team, Ayers Angels, each year and donated to the Alzheimers Associations Walk to End Alzheimers. Various fundraising opportunities are held in the months leading up to the main event. The Walk to End Alzheimers is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimers Association Walk to End Alzheimers is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. A team represents Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center each year. From what I hear, the teams become very competitive in their efforts to raise money. This year the memory walk will be on held on October 20, 2018 in Gainesville at Depot Park. People of all ages are welcomed to participate and we encourage everyone to come out and join us. Together we can make a difference. For more information on Alzheimers disease visit the website, or to register for our team contact Danette Hyde at 4637101 ext. 117. The Fight to Find a Cure for Alzheimers Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz speaking at the Law Enforcement Workgroup To Keep Florida Students Safe on Tuesday. Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz was asked to participate in Governor Rick Scotts Law En forcement Workgroup To Keep Flor ida Students Safe which was held at the Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters in Tallahassee on Tues day, Feb. 20. Approximately 40 state and local representatives from the governors plans and initiatives for immediate and long term solutions that would help protect our children and school employees. Sheriff Schultz spoke on the needs of Gilchrist County and other ru ral counties as it pertained to train ing, funding and mandatory, regular school safety assessments conducted by outside entities (law enforcement, or professional equivalent), and the feasibility of creating a Training Task for law enforcement. He also reiter ated his call for more funding for the states Safe School funding. Among the other issues discussed was a report by Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County who provided details of his countys Sentinel program, armed volunteers to stand guard at and respond in the event of an active shooting incident. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gual tieri expressed concerns as it pertains to Baker Acts and the process to keep with mental health conditions. Sher iff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County discussed the needs of training initia tives while Okaloosa County Sher iff Larry Ashley discussed needs to harden our schools as it pertains to making access to our schools more secure and the need to have a deputy Sheriff in all public schools. Sheriff Schultz said the discussions and that the issue is being taken very seriously. Submitted The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting a Stay at the Scene awareness campaign during the month of February 2018. Statewide in 2017, there were over 98,000 hit and run crashes. This campaign aims to reduce the number of hit and run so they know their responsibilities if involved in a crash and the consequences of leaving the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone that *FHP (*347) dialed from any cell phone contacts FHP should you need to report a hit and run, impaired or aggressive driver. Florida Highway Patrol Stay at the Scene Campaign Daylight Savings Time begins Sun day, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 am.


GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Page Three THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Local News Wanted at the Journal If you have Church News, Re union News or local event news please email it to the Gilchrist County Journal at gcjreport@ or call 463-7135 for more information. The Garden Club of the TriCounties will meet Tuesday, Febru ary 27, at 7:00 PM at the Fanning Springs Community Church, Fan ning Springs. The program will be presented by Dennis OToole. All guests and members are invited to attend. The membership is $10 an nually. The clubs mission is to gain insight and knowledge on plants and our environment along with enjoying social relationships. By Cindy Jo Ayers GILCHRIST COUNTY FAIR BOOSTERS Dear Gilchrist County Fair Exhibitor & Parents: In the past, Gilchrist County Fair Boosters have tried extremely hard to cover each and every child down at the Suwannee River Fair on the day of the sale. Due to the current economic conditions, we are asking for your help and support to ensure no child is left standing in the sale ring hearing RESALE. We are diligently soliciting any and all funds available through our local businesses and generous residents of Gilchrist County. Please see the following breakdown for this years show: Gilchrist Exhibitors Feeders: 18 Fat Steers: 12 Swine: 74 Wethers: 7 As you can see, there is a major obligation to Gilchrist County to provide Buyers on behalf of our children. Over the past several years, two or three individuals have gone around door to door, doing mail-outs and making phone calls on behalf of our children. Their dedication to this community and our children is much appreciated. It has always been the philosophy of the Boosters to try to support ANY and ALL children in need from Gilchrist County. This year, in order to ensure the success of the fair boosters, we need your help. We are currently out raising money and the fair is quickly approaching. For Gilchrist County Fair Boosters to be able to move forward and continue to aid each child in need, we feel the need to employ your help. This year, again, due to the current state of the economy, we are requiring exhibitors and/or family members to assist the Booster Club in raising money. For you (or your child) to have the Booster Club consider bidding on your animal, you must raise at least the minimum amount as follows: Fat Steer: $ 100.00 Feeder Steer: $ 75.00 Swine: $ 50.00 Wethers: $ 50.00 Please understand the Booster Club is in no way trying to exclude anyone from receiving assistance, but your help is needed to enable us to continue to purchase animals for Gilchrist County exhibitors. If you already have buyers lined up for your animal, you do not have to participate in the fund-raising efforts. Finding your own Buyers is highly encouraged as the Booster Club is not able to purchase everyones animal. Please contact one of the boosters below with questions, comments or to turn in your collec tion. Thank you for your time and attention. We look forward to hearing from you. Most sincerely, Adam Elliott Brad Smith 352-258-8253 Terry Parrish 352-221-5256 Scott Akins 229-921-7803 Julie Thomas 352-463-6859 352-494-8070 Make checks payable to: Fair Boosters, mail to P O Box 82, Trenton, FL 32693 By Joe MacKenzie, County Forester Unlike most holidays that commemorate an event that has already happened, Arbor Day virtue of planting a small tree that will continue to grow and bring February 14, all six of the third grade classes, Mrs. Davis, Ms. Horsley, Mrs. Kueker, Mrs. Blumenberg, Mrs. Becker and Mrs. Langford at Trenton Elementary received an Arbor Day presentation on the importance of trees. We discussed how trees work Arbor Day in Gilchrist County Trenton Elementary students Marley, Serenity, Hannah, Amelia, Helson, and Brian are shown planting one of their oak trees. 4-H Agent Jessica Cooper, Emily Pedersen, Linden Teague, Adli Elliott, and Forester Joe MacKenzie are pictured with their freshlyplanted oak tree near the Memorial Park in Trenton. followed-up with a Florida Project Learning Tree activity called Tree Factory where the students acted out the parts of a tree. Each class then planted a class tree on campus. Those included post oaks, southern red oaks, and a live oak. Trees were provided by the Florida Forest Service. On February 15th, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Jessica Cooper gathered up some local volunteers to help plant a swamp chestnut oak and a swamp white oak near the county Slap some bacon on a biscuit and lets go! Were burnin daylight! John Wayne One thing is for sure, there are as many ways to make biscuits as there are Southern grandmas. I tested this recipe because the technique was a little different and it seemed to be easy to make. This recipe is for drop biscuits and it only takes three ingredients so its super easy. Drop biscuits are a bis cuit made by dropping biscuit dough from a spoon onto a pan for baking. No rolling out or cutting with a bis cuit cutter. One of my grandmothers made big biscuits known fondly as cat head biscuits using solid Crisco. The other grandmother made smaller biscuits and used lard. I never got used to the lard taste, but she thought her bis cuits were great made with lard. Im sure the only oil her family had when she was growing up was lard or ba con grease, so to her a biscuit should have a lardy taste. Of course being good Southern children we ate them and never let on that they were not our favorites. biscuits this drop biscuit recipe might just be the recipe for you. I have two rules for biscuit making, rule one: dont overwork the dough, rule two: only use White Lily self-ris Simple Drop Biscuits 7 tablespoons butter 1 cup whole buttermilk, cold 2 tablespoons melted butter (to brush on biscuits after they are baked) Preheat oven 475 degrees. Fluff up tablespoons of butter, place the butter in small bowl and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Then add cold buttermilk to the warm butter, stirring until the butter forms small clumps. and fold in with a rubber spatula just until the dough comes together. Us ing a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out a 1/4 cup of dough and place on parchment lined pan. Space biscuits about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes and check. Biscuits are done when golden brown. Brush tops of hot biscuits with melted butter. I used salted butter because that is what I had, salted or unsalted butter would work in this recipe. Trenton FFA Alumni Cake Auction Friday night The third annual FFA Alumni cake auction will be on Friday, February 23, at 6:30 in the Trenton High School Auditorium. This years theme is Florida Fresh Agriculture and prizes will be given for the best decorated cakes. If you would like to help out the FFA Alumni with this fundraiser they are accepting homemade cakes. Please bring them in by 6 p.m. The Alumni would like to invite the public out to buy a cake and support the FFA. Please contact Karen Jones with any questions 493-3200. Announcing Gilchrist Countys Toxic Round-Up Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Gilchrist County Commission are sponsoring a convenient, environmentally-friendly, free of charge collection, treatment, recycling and proper disposal of hazardous waste. The collection will take place at two locations on Saturday, March 10, 2018; the Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center in Bell from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the City Park Picnic Shelter in Trenton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Gilchrist County residents and small businesses are welcome. This is a feebased program for small businesses; please contact 352-334-0440 for fees and program availability. chemicals, materials, substances or products that are generated or discarded by households can be toxic to the public and pose a threat to the environment if improperly discarded. These materials can be dangerous and should be properly stored and managed. Items that will be accepted include, but are not limited to aerosol cans, household cleaners, insecticides, paint and paint products, prescriptions and All containers must be labeled. Explosives, reactives and radioactive or infectious wastes will not be accepted. For more information and a complete list of accepted items, call Jennifer Joyner at 352-463-3185 or visit Trentons Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival to be held March 17 This years Quilt Festival will be gin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The festival takes place on Main Street in Downtown Trenton Trentons Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival is an annual event, held ev ery 3rd Saturday in March, which happens to be National Quilt Day. The 2018 Festival will again fea ture many familiar Craft and Antique Vendors as well as numerous area quilting groups. Vendors will line historic Old Railroad Depot. More than 400 quilts, contributed by indi viduals and groups, will be displayed throughout downtown. Skilled quilters, crafters, and needle-workers will do demonstrations. New exhibits will be showing at The Florida Quilt Museum and the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. The Car and Tractor Shows, and musi cians and dancers will entertain visi tors. Food vendors will serve festival goers. Paid parking will be available at the Trenton United Methodist Church on NE 1st Ave. The 2017 Trentons Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival was a fun event for local festival goers. Garden Club of the Tri-Counties to meet Feb. 27 of Sexual Predator The Gilchrist County Sheriffs under state law 775.21(7) that a Sex ual Predator is residing in Gilchrist County. Travis Wade Mathis, date of birth, June 4, 1989, a white male, who is 5 tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes is resid ing at 3629 SW CR 341, Bell, Florida 32693 in Gilchrist County. Travis Wade Mathis was convicted of attempted sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 by a person 18 or older. Florida law, Sexual Predator/Of came into effect October 1, 1997 and allows this information to be publi cized to notify the public that these offenders have been released back into society. Internet access to get information on the offenders is through the web site at WWW.FDLE.STATE.FL.US or by calling 1-888-357-7332. Sheriff Robert D. Schultz, III Travis Wade Mathis


Club House Rentals Available for Weddings and events Gilchrist County Womans Club 819 SW CR 339, Trenton Call Connie at 463-3194 Page Four GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 By Angie Land Heart Matters I had the best time last week, paying attention to how folks were preparing for Valentines Day: I watched delivered, men just the right card, and sweethearts enjoying dinner out. Like I said a few weeks ago, I love love and I so enjoy seeing how couples celebrate being together. Over the years, Alton and I have enjoyed lots of Valentines dates: dinners out, trips and sweet gifts. For the past several years, we have attended a marriage conference so that we could intentionally work on our relationship. Couples sometimes shy away from this kind of thing but one thing that we have learned during our years of marriage is that we still have a lot to learn! It seems about the time we think we have some things and the season of life we are in asking, What do we do about this? It is a mystery to me why our is often to push each other away, when what we need most is to come together. In Genesis 2:18, The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. I cant help but think if God had left man alone, he would never have found anything. Cant you just hear Adam: Eve, have you seen funny thought, but I think we miss Gods intention if we read into this verse the idea that a helper is someone of inferior status or skill just helping out or being an assistant. According to Bible scholar Joseph Coleson, in our English language a helper refers to someone who assists the master tradesman, such as a masons helper or a carpenters helper. However, in the Hebrew Scriptures, it means just the opposite. The Hebrew word ezer translates as helper and it usually refers to God the Helper and Rescuer of those who cannot help themselves. In the context of this verse, helper means that God intended to make someone who would rescue Adam from solitude. It was not good for Adam to be alone, but that was not a problem a rescuer, so God designed one in His image. Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible supports this interpretation. So here we are learning something new! Your wife is much more than just your helper; she is the one who rescued you from solitude. Honor and cherish her as your life long partner and watch God bless your marriage! Because Every Heart Matters! New Hope Baptist Church 4470 NW CR-236 P. O. Box 14 Bell, FL 32619 Pastor: Billy Philman We welcome you to come and share in the word of God SUNDAY SCHOOL SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:30 PM 5750 W CR-232 Bell, FL 352-463-1082 MIDWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST SUNDAY Bible Class ... 10 am Morning Worship ... 11 am Childrens Class/Singing .. 4:45 pm Evening Worship ... 5 pm WEDNESDAY Bible Class ... 7 pm 1st Wednesday night each month devoted to singing 502 NE 7th Street Trenton, FL 32693 (352) 463-3793 SERVICE TIMES: Sunday 9:30 am .... Bible Study 10:30 a.m. ..... Worship 5:00 p.m. ..... Worship Wednesday 7:00 p.m. ... Bible Study 352-463-2028 S.W. CR-334A Bethel Baptist Church Bible Study 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wed. 7 p.m. Youth Praise & Worship Wed. 6:00 p.m. AWANA Wed. 6:00 p.m. Pastor: Stephen Ahrens Music Director: Mary Alice Heath Youth Director: Aaron Bachle 352-463-2028 7070 S.W. CR-334A Trenton, FL 326 93 "A Lighthouse of Hope." Pine Grove Baptist Church 16655 N. W. CR-339 Trenton, Florida 32693 352-463-2151 Dr. Greg Douglas, Senior Pastor Jared Douglas, Associate Pastor Pastor Emanuel Harris, Worship/Childrens Pastor Mariam Newton, Youth Minister Sunday: Life Groups ............................................................... 9:30 a.m. Worship Services ..................................... 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. UpRising Student Service.......................................... 5:30 p.m. Off Campus: The Porch (High School) .......................................... 5:30 p.m. On Campus: Celebrate Recovery .................................................. 6:00 p.m. Porch Rocking (Middle School) ................................ 6:00 p.m. Kids Grove (Children) .............................................. 6:30 p.m. Men & Women's Life Groups ................................... 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting & Bible Study.................................... 6:45 p.m. WERE LOOKING FOR YOU AT PRISCILLA BAPTIST CHURCH Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 5509 S.W. County Road 232, Bell, Florida (2.5 miles West of SR 129 Between Trenton & Bell) Worship times: Sunday School...........................10:00 AM Worship......................................11:00 AM Wednesday Prayer & Youth.........7:30 PM (Chuck Scott Pastor) Pine Grove Baptist Youth Group Uprising 5K fundraiser On February, 24, 2018 Pine Grove Baptist Youth group, Uprising, will will take place at the Trenton Train Depot at 8:00 a.m. Love Ran Red is their theme and participants will receive a t-shirt, as long as they last, so sign up today. You can pre-register any time before the day of the event for $20 donation. Request an entry or online at pinegrove. Come Join us for the 3rd Annual March for Jesus Parade The parade will kick off the festival on Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 The parade will start promptly at 10:00 a.m., travel South, ending at SE 2nd Ave. where there will be vendors, live music, local crafts, food, games, door prizes and etc. We are directly across from Chamber of Commerce. Clinton Glenn Hart, a former American football safety, will be a guest speaker. He last played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League and is a former student of the College of Central Florida. If you would like to set up a booth or participate in some form please contact: Michael or Roxanne Conn encouraged to attend and participate! In celebration of Childrens Mis sionary Day, Saturday, February 17, the children from Mt. Nebo Baptist Church of Bell visited Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center. The Girls in Action and the Royal Ambassadors groups along with their leaders visited with the residents at Ayers in celebration of Childrens Missionary Day. The children read scripture and handed out book markers to the resi This has become an annual event for the childrens groups of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Mt. Nebo Baptist celebrates Childrens Missionary Day with visit to Ayers Shown in front of Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center are the Mt. Nebo Baptist Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors groups. Shown on the front row, from left to right are Jonathan Fussell, Samuel Thomas, Andy Bonilla, Jayce Mease, Hailee Akins and Brylee Akins. On the back row are the leaders, from left to right, Clinton Rogers, Brandon Thomas, Frank Padilla, Margaret Sprague, and Susan Hutto. Akins and Love arrested in Dixie County On the afternoon of February 8th, a car in the Old Town area when the tang. Street and through residential areas before traveling back to S.R. 349 northbound. During the pursuit the driver of the Ford drove in both the north and south bound lanes block ing deputies from getting in front of him. The driver on at least one oc casion passed a northbound vehicle on the right grassy shoulder before reentering the roadway and continu 100 miles per hour on multiple occa sions. As the driver attempted to turn 349, he was unable to navigate the turn and slid off of the roadway and into a fence. As he was attempting to free his vehicle from the road ditch, deputies blocked his vehicle and re moved the driver, Christopher Akins, of Trenton, from the vehicle. Akins was arrested and charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Elud ing, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription, Possession of Less than 20 grams of Marijuana and Posses sion of Drug Equipment. Love was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Akins and Love were ordered held on No Bond. Harold Mikell inducted into Florida Ag Hall of Fame Submitted by UF/IFAS Harold Mikell, a native of Trenton, was inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame on Feb. 13, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. When Harold Mikell was a student at Trenton High School in the 1940s, he planted trees on the edge of town for a vocational agriculture class. That activity sparked a lifelong interest in trees and forests. After high school graduation, Mikell, 91, went into the U.S. Navy a patrol bomber during World War II. When he returned, he went to the University of Floridas School of Forestry. Mikell vividly remembers a few things about his days at UF. For one thing, most of his classmates were also war veterans, and they got plenty of exercise. Rolfs Hall, Mikell said from his home in Tallahassee. We had to let students use the elevator. We developed our leg muscles and our brains at the same time. When he graduated from UF in the Florida Forest Service, working his way up from apprentice to director. During his time with the forest service, Mikell and his colleagues concentrated primarily on replanting forests in the wake of commercial and residential development. After retiring from the Florida Forest Service, Mikell became a congressional liaison for the agriculture industry under Congressman Pete Peterson, a position he continued under U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, according to the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame website. He worked with all sectors of agriculture on a wide variety of issues: citrus canker, dairy waste disposal, sugar cane research and more. For almost two decades, he advised a multitude of agricultural associations on congressional issues, sat on numerous association advisory boards and carried their concerns to their representatives. He worked in Mikell is well known in forestry circles for many accomplishments. But when asked of which hes the proudest, he mentioned getting also cited his participation in a pine seedlings were planted. He also has given generously to his alma mater. Because of Mikells support in the rebuilding of the Stern Learning Center at the UF/IFAS Austin Cary Forest, the library is named for Harold and his late wife, Juanita Mikell. Mikell thanked the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for voting for him, but noted that hes most proud of the fact that its further recognition of forestry through being included in the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. I was very pleased, the fact that forestry was recognized, he said. I always appreciate folks recognizing forestry. Were kind of out in the woods working, with nobody paying attention. on the day of the event. For more Harold Mikell The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he cre ated Spring. --Bernard Williams


GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Page Five THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Let our family take care of yours. Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-Schedule and Same-Day Appointments, 490-5005 1113 NW 23rd Ave Chiefland, FL 32626 (In front of Walmart) We proudly welcome Barbara Williams, ARNP. She has over 20 years of Pediatric Experience Well Child Visits, ADHD/ADD Care, Childhood Immunizations, School Physicals, Sports Physicals, Acute Care. Accepting all Medicaid and Most Insurance Plans. When you call our oce you will be answered directly by our Friendly Receptionist. FLORIDA FARM BUREAU INSURANCE COMPANIES BEN COLSON Agent AUTO LIFE HOME Office: 352-463-2298 Fax: 352-463-3877 Claims: 1-866-275-7322 306 West Wade Street Trenton, Florida 32693 Obituaries Mr. Robert Bob Joseph Simpson Robert Bob Joseph Simpson, 72, passed away, surrounded by friends and family, on February 16, after a long battle with heart disease. Bob was born in Massena, New York, on February 7, 1946 to Floyd James and The!ma (Hutt) Simpson. He graduated from Massena Central High School in 1964. He was manager at the Triple A Lumber store in Potsdam, NY, before moving his family to Cedar Key in 1981. remodeling the Heron Restaurant building, presently Tonys Seafood. He also built and renovated homes Cedar Key Building and Zoning Administrator for several years. He also worked for the US Postal Service before becoming an employee of Eover the United States and Canada and making several new friends along the way. volunteered with the Cedar Key Fire Bob trained as an EMT and was a member of the Cedar Key Lions Club serving as President for a term. Bob has recently served as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary of Cross City and has made several great friends. He will be remembered for his leadership capabilities, his kindness to others and his generosity. traveled annually to the Southern Tier in New York to hunt with friends and family. He frequently traveled to his hometown of Massena, New York spending the summer with family. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene (Griswold), his daughter Bobbi Jo (Lawton) Reynolds of Newberry, and Joseph (Heidi) Simpson of Cedar Key, his six grandchildren, Hannah Reynolds of Alachua, Jacob Reynolds of Newberry, Haley Simpson, Taylor Simpson, Haiden Simpson, and Joseph Simpson of Cedar Key. He is also survived by his two sisters Lee Hart of Massena, New York, and several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Keith Hart. Services were at noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Cedar Key Cemetery with a brief viewing before the services at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Key Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate Bobs life followed at Robinsons Seafood. In lieu of to the DAVA at 125 NE 165th Avenue, Cross City, FL. 32628 Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Please sign our online guest book at, _________________ Mr. Harvey Joe Slayton, Sr. Harvey Joe Slayton, Sr. of Trenton, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old. He was born in Orlando to Polk and Mary Slayton on February 7, 1936 and had been a resident of Trenton since moving from Seminole County in 2004. Mr. Slayton was of the Methodist faith and had retired from agricultural sales. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Joppa Masonic Lodge Number 4, Valley of Orlando Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star Branford Chapter 112 and Sons of the Confederacy. He was formerly a member of the Morocco Temple of Jacksonville and the Suwannee River Shrine Club. He was also a past president of the Seminole County Cattlemans Association. Mr. Slayton is preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Mary Ann Slayton Jenkins. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Partin Slayton; his daughter, Glenda Slayton Joyce and his son, Harvey Joe Slayton, Jr., all of Trenton. His is also survived by his sister, Susan Jeanette Irelan of Summer, Amber, Harvey III, Mary Katheryn and Jessica and his nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Mr. Slayton is to be held by his family on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Old Town with Reverend Carl Rainer requesting donations be made in his Childrens Hospital, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 336512-9411. For on-line condolences, please visit Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home. _________________ Mrs. Mardrit Hazel (Polk) Thomas Mardrit Hazel (Polk) Thomas passed away in Trenton on February 17, 2018 at the age of 98. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Hazel was the oldest daughter of John Aaron and Alice Alda Polk. Her family owned a farm between Cherry Sink and Lottieville communities. When Hazel began school, she walked several miles from her home to the one room school house at Cherry Sink. She later transferred to Trenton high school and graduated in 1937. Hazel met Horace Thomas, who was a star basketball player from Bell and they were married December 23, 1937. They lived in Bell for a few years on his family farm and later moved to Trenton where they purchased a farm, raised four children and Horace served for 32 years as Gilchrist County Clerk. Hazel was a homemaker, was always available to her children and supported all of their academic and sports activities. When she was not busy caring for her family, Hazel loved planting and and spending time at their second home in Suwannee. Hazel is survived by her four children, Doyle (Lorene) Thomas, Sue (Joe) Lander, Don (Brenda) leaves behind 10 grandchildren; Mike Thomas, Kyle Thomas, John Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Joey Lander, Lindsey Lander, Kevin Thomas, Jarrett Thomas, Allison Cooper, Amber Rollison and 30 greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Douglas. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Horace brother Hilbert Lord. Funeral services were held at Bethel Baptist Church in Trenton on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM. The family had a viewing and received visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial followed at the church cemetery. To leave online condolences or to sign her guestbook, please visit Mrs. Thomas guest page at: www. Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home. _________________ Mr. Charles Norton Tompkins Charles Norton Tompkins, 72, of Jasper passed away February 14, 2018. Mr. Tompkins was born March 7, 1945 to the late Oscar and Rachel Tompkins in Salem. He worked for 44 years with Occidental which became PCS Phosphate in Jasper. Mr. Tompkins will always be remembered spending time with his family, and on cars and reading. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Tompkins is survived by his wife of 54 years Annie Tompkins; a daughter Shelley Tompkins (Mike) Bearden of Mayo; his sister Georgia Lucille McCall of Steinhatchee; his grandchildren Danielle Murray, Kimberly Bearden, Brianna Bearden, Sid Bearden, Delayna Bearden, and Tori Bearden, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Magdalene Wisebaker and Ada Marie Bachle and his brother Oscar Martin Tompkins. Graveside services for Mr. Tompkins were held 11:00 AM Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Fayetteville/Moriarty Cemetery in Old Town with Reverend Milton Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Please sign the online guest book at _________________ The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, February 15th at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Jannie and Marie did get to work on the quilt in the frame in spite of all the conversations going on. With all the happy chatter, its hard to get a lot done. This week, Fran, Mary Ann, Jean, Darlene and Mary all brought in donations of old quilts and tops, fabric and notions. The old quilt top and quilts were donated by family members that needed to know the quilts would have a place that would enjoy them. We are honored to have the quilts. The quilts and the top show signs of wear (love). When these quilts were made, they were made to be used. To get caught up with the measuring, Ailien, Sheri, Debra, Cleo, Ann, Phyllis and Marilyn were in Saturday and got almost everything measured. Thanks everyone for pitching in and helping the Museum. Donations are very important to us. Derek and the guys from Lancaster were out. They were even busy helping us with fabric. Keeping the Museum looking clean and tidy would not be possible without their help. Thanks so much guys. The Backyard Pickers will be out Saturday, March 3rd. Unfortunately some of the members of the group as well as some of our visitors, will be returning home in March and April. We do enjoy their company. Wednesday, March 7th, well have a class on the nine patch with pizzazz and The Old Sewing Machine Man will be out. Hope to see you. Call (352) 493-2801 for more information. Thursday, March 22nd, well have a farewell Snowbird pot luck lunch. Theyll be heading home later in the month of March and April. We wish them a safe journey home. Im not sure of the name of this quilt top. It came in with the Campbell quilts. Mary Louise Chamberlin (Mrs Stephen Oakerson) of Trenton, New Jersey (1877-1935) made this top. Can someone tell me the name?


Page Six GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Legal Notices NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT NEW RULES, REVISE AND/OR AMEND EXISTING RULES AND REPEAL OLD RULES Notice is hereby given that the School Board of Gilchrist County, Florida intends to adopt new rules, and revise and/or amend existing rules of the Board after a public hearing, as follows: POLICY 4.12, 5.04, 6.24 Copies of the proposed new rules, and revised and/or amended existing rules are available for inspection and copying by 310 NW 11th Avenue, Trenton, Florida. Copies of all or any of the rules may be purchased at the cost of reproduction which is estimated at $.25 per page. The purpose of adopting new rules and revising and amending existing rules is to bring the rules up to date and discard and unnecessary rules. This revision and adoption of new rules will not have any adverse economic impact on any person. rules are Florida Statutes 1001.41, 1001.42(17), F.S. 1001.11, 1001.43, 1008.22, 1008.34 1008.385, 1010.01, 1010.04, 1011.01-1011.18 24, 1013.61 F.S. 6A-1.002, 6A-1.004, 6A-1.006, 6A1.007, 6A-1.0071.. A public hearing will be held on the proposed adopted new rules and revised and/or amended existing rules at 4:15 P.M. on February 27, 2018 at the School Board Meeting at the Gilchrist County School Board meeting room at 310 NW 11th Ave. Trenton, FL 32693. All interested persons are advised that any person desiring to appeal any decision made by the board as to any matter considered at said hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record is made of the proceeding, which record must include all of the testimony and evidence presented. /s/Robert G. Rankin as Superintendent And Secretary of the Board Publish Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018b _____________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 8TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 21-2018-DR-17 Division: DR Kent Everritt Heaton, Jr. and Belinda Sue Heaton, Petitioner, and Heather Renee Solis-Herrera and Hermelindo Solis-Herrera, Respondent, NOTICE OF ACTION FOR Petition For Temporary Custody By Extended Family TO: Hermelindo Solis-Herrera, 25011 PREVIOUS LEGALS can be found online. V isit our website at Wrights Dairy Road, Callahan, Fl 32011 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for petition for temporary Custody by you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Kent E. Heaton, Jr. and Belinda Heaton whose address is 3529 SW 47th Court, Bell, FL 32619 on or before the clerk of this Court at 112 South Main Street, Trenton, FL 32693 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the clerk of the Circuit Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses on record at WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: January 29th, 2018 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (CLERK SEAL) By: /s/ Kendra Cathey Deputy Clerk Publish 2-1, 2-8, 2-15 and 2-22, 2018b _____________________ NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Bell Mini Storage, pursuant to the provisions of the Florida Self-Storage Facility Act (Fla. Stat. 83.801-83.809) hereby gives Notice of Sale under said Act, to wit: On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Bell Mini Storage, U.S. Highway 129, Bell, Florida, at 9:30 a.m., Scott Akins, owner will conduct a Sale by Auction to the highest bidder over which is owed on the contents of the space rented by: Carrie Parker Ramona Davis David White Daniel Freeman William Mitchell Evelyn Jordan Michael English Tammy Giddens Robley Johnson Tammi Coleman Joyce Triplett consisting of personal and household items. This sale is being made to satisfy a statutory lien. Publish February 22, 2018b. ______________ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, serving as the Planning Commission, that it will consider at public hearing the below described Application for Special Use Permit in the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners CHIEFLAND MEDICAL CENTER Caring for the health of your family Let our family take care of yours. Quality Health Care for All Ages Walk-ins and Same Day Appointments Available Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Same Location for 20 Years at the intersection of Hwy-19 and NW 23rd Avenue in front of Walmart We Gladly Accept Medicare, Medicaid, UHC AARP Medicare Advantage, Prestige, Staywell, Sunshine and UHC Community Plan, and Most Insurance Plans General Practice, Well Child Visits, Acute and Chronic Care, Vaccinations, School Physicals, DOT Physicals, Foot Care, Xray and Bone Scan 493-9500 For appointment please call: Douglas Rogers, DO Gary Rexroat, PA-C Anthony Tocco, DPM Martha Harmon, ARNP Elizabeth Burkett, DO March 1, 2018 WELCOME BACK March 1, 2018 WELCOME BACK SMITH SALES & SERVICES, INC. HEAT & AIR ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! ELECTRICAL Sales, Service & Installation All Makes & Models Residential & Commercial Service Installation RA0016184 ER0004960 DURON WILLIAMSONS TREE SERVICE LLC. Licensed and Insured Call for FREE Estimates cell 352-318-3610 office 386-935-2180 All Phases of Tree Work From trimming to complete Light land clearing, Bobcat & bucket truck 7239 S.W. 80th Avenue Trenton, Florida 32693 352-463-7589 Leslie Sapp Construction, Inc. New Homes, Remodeling, and Roofing Assistance with Planning and Design Reliable Craftsmanship Since 1987 CCC1329256 Certified General Contractor CGC1516220 Meeting Facility located at 210 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida on March 5, 2018 at 4:15 P.M. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, the following: SUP 2018-01(Application Number 1801 0046) A request by Thomas Paul Lucas and Lisa Moore, owners, for a Special Use Permit for a home occupation for raising exotic birds for commercial sale in an Agriculture-2 (A-2) land use category located on approximately 10.010 acres at 11301 NE 2nd Way, Branford, Florida. Tax Parcel No. 03-07-15-0338-00000020. (Lot 2, of Amanda Plantation subdivision). County Courthouse, located at 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida and may be inspected during regular business hours. mentioned, all interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the petition. The public hearing may be continued to one or more future dates. Any interested party shall be advised that the date, time and place of any continuation of the public hearing shall be announced during the public hearing and that no further notice concerning the matter will be published. Persons with disabilities requesting reasonable accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact (352) 463-3169 (Voice & TDD) or via Florida Relay Service (800) 955-8771. All persons are advised that, if they decide to appeal any decisions made at the public hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Publish February 22, 2018b ______________________ CITY OF FANNING SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN The City Council will have the Sec ond Reading for Ordinance No. 2018001 and Ordinance No. 2018-002 at their March 6, 2018, City Council Meeting, @ 5:00 pm at the Fanning Springs City Hall, 17651 NW 90th Ct. Fanning Springs, FL. ORDINANCE NO: 2018-001 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FANNING SPRINGS, FLORIDA AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2017-002 DECLARING ZONING IN PROGRESS AND IMPOSING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON ESTABLISHMENT AND CENTERS AND DISPENSING FACILITIES FOR AND ADDITIONAL 365 DAYS PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING A RETROACTIVE EFFECTIVE DATE. ORDINANCE NO: 2018-002 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FANNING SPRINGS, FLORIDA, IMPOSING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM FOR 365 DAYS ON THE ISSUANCE OF ANY BUSINESS TAX LICENSE, PERMIT, CONDITIONAL USE APPROVAL, SITE PLAN APPROVAL AND ANY OTHER OFFICIAL ACTION OF THE CITY OF FANNING SPRINGS, HAVING THE EFFECT OF OPERATION OF ANY INTERNET GAMING/ GAMBLING BUSINESS WITHIN THE CITY, PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE Pursuant to Florida Statutes 286.0105 that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such meeting he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made. Which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. DATED this 14th day of Feb., 2018 By Sheila Watson, City Clerk, City of Fanning Springs, Florida. Publish February 22, 2018b ______________ PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF TRENTON COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING The City of Trenton Community Redevelopment Agency will meet Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm, in the Trenton Community Center located at 214 SE 3rd Avenue, Trenton, Florida. Items included on the agenda are as follows: A. Call to Order B. Adoption of Agenda C. Unscheduled Guests D. Consent Items 1. MinutesFebruary 12, 2018, CRA Meeting E. Discussion Items 1. Community Center Upgrade 2. SE Park Upgrade 3. NW 1st Street and 2nd Avenue 4. NE 3rd Street 5. Downtown Facade Grants F. Public Comments G. Adjourn Persons with disabilities requesting reasonable accommodations to participate in the proceeding should contact 352463-4000 (Voice & TDD) or via Florida Relay Service 800-955-8771. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Lyle Wilkerson City Manager Publish February 22, 2018b. ______________ PUBLIC AUCTION The following vehicle, VIN# 1D4HB48N35F551308, 2005 Dodge Durango, will be sold at Public Auction on March 10, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. to satisfy a lien, Florida Statute 713.78. The auction will be held at 16720 NW Hwy. 19, Fanning Springs, FL 32693 by Fanning Springs Auto, (352) 463-0710. Publish February 22, 2018b _____________ PUBLIC MEETING TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN Please take notice that the Three Rivers Regional Library Board will hold a regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., at the Gilchrist County Public Library, in Trenton, Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Please be advised, that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Person with disabilities requesting reasonable accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact (352) 463-3170 (Voice & TDD) or via Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771. Published February 22, 2018b. ______________ SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following application for permit was received on January 23, 2018: William Thomas, 6871 SW 2nd Lane, Bell, FL 32619-2575 has submitted an expired renewal of the Water Use Permit number 2-041-220972-3, authorizing a maximum average daily use of 0.0639 million gallons of groundwater for agricultural use in 1-in-10 year drought conditions. This project is located in Township 9S, Range 14E, Section 04 in Gilchrist County. Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request for a staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the application by writing to the Suwannee River Water Management District, Attn: Resource Management, 9225 C.R. 49, Live Oak, Florida 32060. Such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 14 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing, pursuant to Title 28, Florida Administrative Code, regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request after reviewing the staff report. Publish February 22, 2018b. ___________________ LIVESTOCK REPORT Clyde Mizell sold the top slaughter bull this week at $81.00 bought by FPL Foods. Charles Lagrange sold the top slaughter cow this week at $64.00 bought by FPL Foods. Register Farms sold the highest price replacement cow at $114.00 bought by Bellamy Cattle. Blake Hand sold the top replacement bull at $110.00 bought by Charles Lagrange. Blake Hand sold the highest priced pair at $1,250.00 bought by Frank Smith. The high price yearling went to Cracker Cattle at $222.50 sold by Trina Spencer. 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You can watch our Cattle Sale live every week at www.lmaauctions. com. #1 STEERS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 150-199, 145.00, 150.00, (147.50) 200-249, 222.00, 222.50, (222.10) 250-299, 142.00, 170.00, (153.00) 300-349, 175.00, 195.00, (180.60) 350-399, 166.00, 200.00, (178.71) 400-449, 154.00, 174.00, (161.71) 450-499, 164.00, 173.00, (167.20) 500-549, 160.00, 168.00, (162.25) 550-599, 154.00, 159.00, (156.50) 600-649, 85.00, 138.00, (111.50) #1 1/2 #2 STEERS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 150-199, 115.00, 145.00, (128.33) 200-249, 130.00, 222.00, (193.94) 250-299, 130.00, 142.00, (136.30) 300-349, 140.00, 172.00, (158.80) 350-399, 140.00, 166.00, (155.79) 400-449, 128.00, 154.00, (141.17) 450-499, 134.00, 164.00, (152.10) 500-549, 72.00, 160.00, (131.00) 550-599, 59.00, 154.00, (104.50) 600-649, 50.00, 85.00, ( 70.00) #1 HEIFERS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 150-199, 180.00, 200.00, (190.00) 200-249, 180.00, 188.00, (182.50) 250-299, 167.50, 190.00, (177.10) 300-349, 166.00, 176.00, (169.20) 350-399, 148.00, 162.00, (152.67) 400-449, 149.00, 155.00, (150.80) 450-499, 144.00, 148.00, (146.17) 500-549, 129.00, 139.00, (132.33) 550-599, 119.00, 138.00, (128.50) 600-649, 131.00, 131.00, (131.00) #1 1/2 #2 HEIFERS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 150-199, 160.00, 180.00, (172.40) 200-249, 155.00, 180.00, (168.63) 250-299, 130.00, 167.50, (149.81) 300-349, 140.00, 166.00, (154.10) 350-399, 132.00, 148.00, (140.82) 400-449, 130.00, 149.00, (142.60) 450-499, 134.00, 144.00, (141.08) 500-549, 104.00, 129.00, (114.60) 550-599, 60.00, 119.00, ( 90.33) 600-649, 85.00, 131.00, (108.00) COWS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 600-800, 52.00, 110.00, ( 71.79) 800-1000, 47.00, 90.00, ( 60.27) 1000-1200, 47.00, 70.00, ( 54.00) 1200-1400, 50.00, 56.00, ( 52.45) 1400-UP, 50.00, 57.00, ( 52.60) BULLS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 1000-1200, 0.00, 0.00, ( 0.00) 1200-1400,110.00, 110.00, (110.00) 1400-1600, 66.00, 80.00, ( 75.00) 1600-1800, 75.00, 77.00, ( 76.00) 1800-2000, 75.00, 77.00, ( 75.67) PAIRS: LOW: HIGH: AVG: 500.00 1,250.00 850.00 TOTAL: 473 S&B CUSTOM SERVICES Backhoe Fill Dirt Tractor Work Billy Cannon 352-507-3407


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GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Page Seven THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Help Wanted The Trenton Department of Public Safety is looking in Law Enforcement/Fire Fighting/First up at City Hall or downloaded on the questions regarding this position contact 2tb,2-22-3-1 ----------------------------------------------tfnb,1-18 --------------------------------------------Services to 1471 NE 512 Avenue, US-19 Old 52tp,-1-25 ----------------------------------------------dependable, honest, experts, for any and all electrical needs call All Seasons @ tfnb,1-10 ----------------------------------------------Fill dirt, driveways, topsoil, demolition, tfnb,5-28 ----------------------------------------------Help Wanted Looking for motivated, ambitious person with experience selling tfnb,2-22 Help Wanted Must be hardworking, dependable, positive Ayers Health and Rehab Center, 606 NE tfnb,7-27 ----------------------------------------------OTR, Southeast and local, tanker experience preferred, minimum 2 years driving, apply in person at 544 NE Lancaster Street, Trenton, FL tfnb,7-17 ----------------------------------------------For Rent 3 BR/2 BA, no pets, no smoking, edge of tfnb,1-4 ---------------------------------------------Travel Opportunity Austria/Germany, Grand Canyon and tfnb,12-7 ----------------------------------------------Services Tree removal, trimming, debris removal, skid 6tb,1-25-3-1 ----------------------------------------------Professional Pressure Cleaning 352-486-1141 tfnb, 12-7 ------------------------They can be picked up at the Trenton Library tfnb,1-4 ----------------------------------------------Old Fashioned tfnb,8-21 ----------------------------------------------Fast, friendly, reliable Need A Sign? Call Gilchrist County Journal 352-463-7135 We Buy Pecans! : 80 per 14tp,11-23-2-22 ----------------------------------------------Hay Large rolls, highly tfnb,7-18 ----------------------------------------------Pre-School tfnb, 1-30 ----------------------------------------------TAX SAVINGS NOTICE FROM Damon C. Leggett Property Appraiser Gilchrist County 112 South Main Street, Room 138 TRENTON, FLORIDA 32693 Filing Period for Tax Saving Exemptions Ends March 1st -IMPORTANTA Homestead Exemption Granted For 2017 Will Automatically Be Renewed For 2018 It is no longer necessary to sign and return a renewal card for Homestead Exemption. If filing for the first time, you must come to the Property Appraiser's Office. HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FLORIDA LAW requires that applications be made by MARCH 1, 2018 to be eligible for this $25,000 exemption. In order to qualify for this exemption you must: 1. Hold title to the property as of January 1, 2018. 2. Reside on the property as of January, 1, 2018. 3. Be a LEGAL resident of the State of Florida as of January 1, 2018. You must then appear personally at the County Property Appraiser's Office. PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING WITH YOU: Deed or Tax Bill or something showing the legal description of the property on which you are claiming homestead exemption: Florida Driver's License, Florida Car Registration, Florida Voter's Registration or Declaration of Domicile. If not a U.S. citizen, bring Residency (Green) card for both husband and wife. If filing on a mobile home you need to bring title(s) or registration(s) to mobile home. ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS 65 AND OLDER For 2018, Gilchrist County residents 65 and older who meet an income limitation may be eligible for an additional $25,000 homestead exemption on property which they have the legal and equitable title to and maintain thereon their permanent residence. For 2017, the income limitation was $28,841. In order to be considered, a sworn statement of adjusted gross income of household must be filed with the property appraisers office during the filing period of January 1 March 1. Pursuant to Gilchrist County, Florida Ordinance 2013-01 there is now another exemption to which you may be entitled to. The additional exemption that is now available would require you to meet those qualifications for Senior Exemption and have maintained the permanent residence for at least 25 years. $500 WIDOWS / WIDOWERS EXEMPTION Any widow/widower who is a permanent Florida resident may claim this exemption. If the widow/widower remarries, she/he is no longer eligible and if the husband and wife were divorced before his/her death, the woman is not considered a widow, nor the man a widower. If filing for the first time, please present a Death Certificate or other proof of your widow/widower status. DISABLED VETERAN'S EXEMPTION Any ex-service member who is a permanent resident of Florida and is disabled at least 10% in war or by service-connected misfortune is entitled to a $5,000 exemption. If filing for the first time, please present a certificate from the United States Government. Under certain circumstances the benefit of this exemption can carry over to the veterans spouse in the event of the veterans death. Consult your appraiser for details. AGRICULTURAL (GREENBELT) FILINGS All owners or lessees of agricultural lands who desire agricultural classifications for tax purposes on their property must file an agricultural application with the Appraiser between January 1 and March 1. Agricultural classifications are automatically renewed. NON-VETERAN DISABILITY EXEMPTION ($500.00) Every Florida resident who is totally and permanently disabled qualifies for the $500 exemption. If filing for the first time, present at least one of the following as proof of your disability: A certificate from a licensed Florida physician or a certificate from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or documentation from the Social Security Administration. Quadriplegics should contact the Appraiser's Office for special benefit information. If blind or confined to a wheelchair, there is an income limitation per year, including Social Security, contact the Appraiser's Office for determination of other special benefits. Disability forms are available at the Appraiser's Office. TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY Tangible Personal Property returns must be filed no later than April 1st. Failure to file a return will result in a penalty and an assessment will be made as provided by Florida Law. Tangible Personal Property includes property such as business furniture and fixtures, machinery and equipment, household goods, and personal effects. (Florida residents are exempt from the tax on household goods and personal effects in their homestead.) The deadline for charitable and qualified non-profit organizations eligible as such exemption is March 1st. All others must file by April 1st. PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT FOR VETERANS AGE 65 AND OLDER WITH COMBAT RELATED DISABILITY Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, an official letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identifies the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IS NOT TRANSFERABLE -A NEW APPLICATION MUST BE FILED FOR ANY CHANGES Information will be required from all persons applying for exemptions to determine their residency status. If Husband or Wife is filing for one or both, residency documentation will be required for both. We are at your service and will be most happy to assist you in any way. Our office is located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Damon C. Leggett Property Appraiser -Gilchrist County 112 South Main Street, Room 138 Trenton, Florida 32693 (352) 463-3190 1-800-219-3208 Additional Homestead Exemption How does the "double homestead" work? The existing homestead exemption typically reduces the assessed value of a property used as a primary residence by a Florida resident by $25,000. This would provide an additional homestead exemption up to $25,000, on the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000. For example, if your assessment is $65,000, the first $25,000 and that portion above $50,000 ($15,000) would be exempt, making your taxable value $25,000 (65,000-25,000-15,000). Prior to new law, the taxable value would have been $40,000 (65,000-25,000). This additional homestead exemption does NOT reduce the assessed value upon which school taxes are based. Also, it does not reduce or otherwise affect the "Save Our Homes" deduction or any other exemp tions. It is not necessary to file for this additional exemption if you have the Homestead Exemption already. Tommy Parrish 352-317-2688 PAINTING Residential/Commercial Interior/Exterior Drywall Repair CARPET CLEANING Water Restoration Services Tile and Grout Cleaning Pressure Washing CARPET CLEANING Water Restoration Services Tile and Grout Cleaning Pressure Washing SPANN'S Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 463-6440 SALES SERVICE INSTALLATION Manual D & J and Energy Forms Mobile Homes / Houses / Business Locally Owned & Operated "Our Customers Come First" Located on Hwy. 129 LICENSED & INSURED RA 0029414 Serving the Tri-County Area Since 1975 Air Conditioning & Heating Real Estate Paved Road 4tb,2-1-2-22 ----------------------------------------------Beautifully 4tb,2-1-2-22 ----------------------------------------------on quarter tfnb,11-2 ----------------------------------------------WOLFE PLUMBING, INC. 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Page Eight THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Bulldogs get redemption, defeat By Matthew Harrell After last years heartbreak in the Trenton defeats Frostproof, hosts distress and a single starter was taken Trenton takes three wins in softball Tigers beat the Red Devils 11-2 and Auto Body Collision Repair We Accept All Insurance Claims Doing business for Over 30 years. Fanning Springs Auto 16720 N.W. Hwy. 19 Fanning Springs 352-463-2387 We Guarantee Our Work as long as you own your car. CFC1428141 SMITH SALES & SERVICES, INC. ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! ELECTRICAL PLUMBING ER0004960 WELL PUMP SERVICE WATER SOFTENER COMPLETE PLUMBING SERVICE SEPTIC & DRAIN FIELD DRAIN CLEANING & VIDEO INSPECTION "NEED A FENCE OF ANY KIND CALL DANNY ANYTIME." Barbed Wire Woven Wire Chain Link Board Danny Hodge (352) 463-1832 -Mobile (352) 493-5345 4110 S.W. 25th Street -Bell, Florida School Board Hopeful for Special Facilities Funds Soccer Added as School Sport for Grades 6-12 ners received apple awards and were Softball Field to be dedicated to Coach John Vickers Friday 9th Annual Sheriffs Chili Cookoff and attend next year as it is always a Dudley Farm Historic State Park to feature Reconstruction Era Gilchrist County Journal Printing Advertising Vinyl Letters Banners Signs 463-7135